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Jussi delight at Bolton deal
10 Jul 2008 - 13:43:10
Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has revealed he never wanted to leave Bolton Wanderers after finally putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Reebok Stadium.
The 33-year-old Finland international had appeared to be on his way out of the club after 11 years' service when he broke off contract negotiations midway through the last campaign.
But Jaaskelainen signed a new four-year deal on Wednesday which means he is likely to end his career with the Trotters.
He told the club's official website: "I've had a great ten years at the Reebok and I've just signed a new four-year contract which I'm very pleased about. Things are going very well for me inside and outside of the football club.
"After the last game of the season the chairman came to me and said we can start talking and everything was sorted in two weeks.
"In my mind, there was never a doubt but there's always speculation - that's part of football."
Meanwhile, the long-serving keeper is confident Wanderers will improve on last year's battle against relegation when the new season begins next month.
"Last season was disappointing. The way we started the season was abysmal, and we only got five points from the first ten games," he added.
"The first ten games are so important to every season - it's important that we get off to a good start. The manager has made some good signings and I'm confident that we'll start strongly.
"I think that Bolton belongs in the Premier League and I'm confident that last season was just a one-year hiccup."